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Say Yes Buffalo announced Thursday its first-ever funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The powerhouse foundation will invest $2.9 million over the next 22 months for the newly established Buffalo College Success Network.


Aimee Machado

Wearing flip flops and a black hat with an upraised fist stitched in the front, Jean Michel Jr. is the definition of leisurely. He doesn’t seem in a hurry to get anywhere today.

His path thus far has been amazing in and of itself.

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Say Yes Buffalo, which launched in 2012 to provide scholarships and grants to Buffalo Public School high school graduates, received a $1 million gift from Delaware North Companies, as the education project builds donations for a $100 million endowment fund designed to keep the scholarships coming into the long-term future.

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Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals is used to protesting opponents of projects and the zoning variances needed to build so many of them. On Wednesday, a large group of carpenter union members showed up to protest the variances for a signature project on Jefferson Avenue.

Say Yes scholars get career boost through interning

Nov 21, 2018
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Say Yes Buffalo is providing another support that will help students prepare for careers while in college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the organization received a $250,000 grant from The Citi Foundation to help students gain access to internship programs. 

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Earlier this year, Say Yes Buffalo announced their plan to raise $100 million by 2023 to ensure eligible students in the Buffalo Public Schools would have a chance to pursue postsecondary scholarships. They’re $2 million closer to meeting that mark after receiving a donation from the First Niagara Foundation/Keybank Tuesday.

Say Yes students in poverty need college items

Jul 11, 2018
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Say Yes Buffalo and State Senator Tim Kennedy kicked off the annual drive for dorm room supplies.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the community is encouraged to donate items for some of the neediest Say Yes scholars as they prepare for college this fall.

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Say Yes Buffalo is holding its ‘Countdown to College’ kickoff. Say Yes Scholars have been attending a two-day event of workshops to prepare for navigating college.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the keynote speakers who guides underserved students of color.


State provides $10M for Say Yes Buffalo

Jun 15, 2018
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New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul delivered a $10-million state gift to Say Yes Buffalo Friday. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains how this funding boost will help Say Yes Scholars. 

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A new multi-state report is being released Wednesday revealing how communities can combat racism by providing Loving Systems for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the new Loving Cities Index measured how Buffalo is doing to support student success.

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A partnership that links young people to paid internships in Buffalo will be expanding through a grant announced Tuesday.


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The new class of Say Yes Buffalo scholars received a free Bak USA tablet after completing a two-day conference.  Students from Buffalo Public and city charter schools are eligible for Say Yes scholarships to college. 

New round of Say Yes scholars prepare for college

Jun 28, 2017
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A new group of Say Yes Buffalo scholars are gathering at WNED | WBFO Studios for a two-day college kick-off event. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a chance for about 180 city students to learn more about college life.  

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The very first class of Say Yes Buffalo students to achieve four completed years of college is ready to graduate. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with one of the Say Yes scholars who will be graduating from Medaille College this month.  

Say Yes Buffalo success highlighted at national event

Apr 20, 2017
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Say Yes Buffalo's success was presented to a national audience this week at the America's Promise Alliance summit.  America's Promise is working to increase graduation rates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo served on a panel discussion about how Buffalo is increasing its graduation rate.

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A Nashville school leader recently traveled to Buffalo to learn more about Say Yes.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says like Buffalo's school district, Nashville is experiencing high poverty among students and many English Language Learners.   

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Say Yes Buffalo continues to play a key role in supporting new services in the city school district.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says those services were outlined at Wednesday Say Yes Community Leadership Council Meeting.   

Homeless Say Yes scholars achieving higher education

Aug 11, 2016
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It is estimated that between five and seven percent of the Buffalo Public School population is homeless.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us some of those homeless students will be heading to college later this month.  

‘Dorm Drive’ for Say Yes Buffalo scholars

Aug 10, 2016
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Getting all the basic items needed to live in a college dorm room can be costly. State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo kicked off a 'dorm drive' for Say Yes Buffalo students Tuesday outside the Say Yes offices on Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

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School may be out until September, but for hundreds of children within the Buffalo Public School District, learning opportunities continue as part of a free summer camp which is opening for its second year this week.

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Not only are Buffalo students going to college through the Say Yes program, but early results show they’re staying in, too. Right now, around two-thousand graduates of Buffalo public and charter schools are in college using support from Say Yes.

Say Yes to host college prep conference

May 23, 2016
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For the first time next month, Say Yes Buffalo will be hosting a 'College Kickoff' event.  It is designed for Buffalo Public high school and city charter school students graduating next month and attending a Say Yes college this fall. A two-day conference will offer advice on making the transition from high school to college. 

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The Rich Family Foundation has made a major donation to benefit education initiatives in Buffalo.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Foundation is donating $500,000 to the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund.

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As the Buffalo Public School District continues to encourage students to attend college, many are trying to navigate through the application and financial process. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited one of two College Success Centers set up inside city high schools by the University at Buffalo.

Wilson Foundation delivers $2 million to Say Yes

Jan 20, 2016
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Say Yes Buffalo is the latest recipient to receive funding from The Ralph Wilson Foundation. Mary Wilson delivered a $2 million gift Wednesday morning.

City donates tablets to Say Yes students

Dec 3, 2015
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown donated BAK Board tablets to Say Yes Buffalo scholars. He appeared at the BAK USA headquarters in Buffalo to make the presentation. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the city's partnership with Say Yes and Bak is an effort to bring technology and educational opportunity to students.   

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Say Yes Buffalo continues to grow.  The college scholarship program recently delivered an update to the Board of Education and superintendent.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says Say Yes indicates the scholarship program for college is actually increasing attendance for some students. 

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The Buffalo Public School District is teaming up with Say Yes Buffalo to provide summer programs for elementary school students.

64% of Say Yes students headed to college last fall

Apr 1, 2015
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New numbers released by Say Yes Buffalo indicate a higher rate of students heading to college. 64 percent of Buffalo Public High School gradates from the class of 2014 enrolled in two and four-year colleges this past fall.

Say Yes Buffalo offers free legal clinics

Mar 24, 2015
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Say Yes Buffalo is now offering free legal advice to city school families.  Say Yes Legal Clinics are operating at four city school buildings.

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